I seem to have taken a rather long summer holiday from my blog. In my defence, the English summer until 2 Thursdays ago was glorious. So glorious that we spent most of our time outdoors walking, running, kayaking and even swimming. While the weather was still wonderful (yes, that’s right, it is a think of the past now), our friends took us on a foraging expedition which turned up several boxes of blackberries (bramble) and cherries (small, wild, juicy and amazingly sweet).
Hand-picked blackberries and cherries : Juicy and delicious
We ate as many berries and cherries as we could on the day and the day after but we couldn’t eat them all. I then asked Mr Google what I could do with a whole lot of berries and cherries. Unsurprisingly, several options were presented to me. Of these, I chose two – (1) a berry, cherry and almond milk smoothie (2) A blackberry and cherry, bread and butter (yup, a mouthful to say) pudding. This post is on the latter and is somewhat reminiscent of my one of my older recipes on Bread and Butter pudding.
Bread and butter pudding enthusiasts and connoisseurs beware – this recipe violates several basic principles. However, I can guarantee that the taste of the fresh berries and cherries made for quite a delightful dessert while we watched our current favourite TV show Treme.
Do try it and tell me what you think of it at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bread, berry and cherry pudding
I’m pretty sure I’ve ranted before about the lack of places to go to for brunch where we are in England. Compared to the choice we had in Melbourne, this town is pretty dire. What we did try one Saturday morning is a chain restaurant called Bill’s. While Bill’s has the atmosphere of what a brunch place, the food itself was OK. My partner had the French toast and I the vegetarian breakfast stack with avocado, hummus and poached eggs. Just as he got though his French toast, my partner looked up and said – I’m sure you can make this a lot better!
Challenges like that never go unmet in our house. In many places, a breakfast order of French toast comes with a scoop of ice-cream in the centre but it was at Cafe Arcadia in Melbourne that I first saw French toast being serves with yoghurt and a berry coulis and thought to myself – “Now there’s an idea worth stealing!”. Equipped with a challenge and a stolen idea from our former home, I set out to make the most delicious, yet slightly healthy French toast I ever did ( or so I thought). Turns out this isn’t the first time I tried to make French toast as in my folder of food photos, I found a whole lot more pictures of French toast as did I in my folder of photos from France.
The tastiest and most indulgent French toast is when a day old loaf of Brioche is used as the bread. However, I’ve gone for more generic bread that looked pretty. While slicing the bread, I sliced a little bit of my finger too and the bit of bread you find missing in the pictures are where my injury made itself obvious shall we say. Don’t be grossed out as indeed, the French toast was tasty and much better than Bill’s French toast. Though I will admit that their maple-flavoured syrup was tastier than my real maple syrup 🙂
French toast for breakfast anyone ?
I have posted about berry pancakes before and the basic recipe for this one remains the same except for the secret ingredient – fluffy egg whites.
This recipe takes me back a few years when I was visiting friends in Philadelphia, PA. The friend who lived there took us to the Reading Terminal market to get us to try what she claimed were the best pancakes in the world. The booth was called “Dutch Eating Place” and behind the counter were young Amish girls making delectable looking blueberry pancakes. When we got served them, it was with home made butter and real maple syrup. I can say, with my hand on my heart, that they were indeed the best pancakes in the world. I managed to find a picture to share with you.
This recipe is an attempt at mimicking those awesome pancakes. The idea to do so came from a SKYPE conversation with a friend who said her husband would beat egg whites to make them fluffy. The peach reduction was my touch. Hope you try it and like it!
a. Amish-blue-berry-pancakes at Reading Terminal Market b. My fluffy blueberry pancakes with a peach reduction